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Cite this: eDIL s.v. forbais or dil.ie/23352

Forms: forbossa, foirfessa, forbasi

n f. (O.Ir. forfess, from for and 2 feis, see Thurn. Thurn. Zu Ir. Hss. i 54 , and Meyer, Wortk. 214 ). n p. forbossa, LL 189c50 . foirfessa, BB 17a56 . The original sense seems to have been ` keeping a watch by night '; sometimes used as cogn. acc. of foaid: fiu [Cú Chulainn] forfes fer Falchae, ZCP viii 564.7 (cf. fiibthir Falchaoe feis, 565.9 , and: fifatsa forsna slógaib, LU 6312 ). The strict meaning appears to be keeping a hostile outlook or watch (on a person or place), spending the night in camp (against a foe), passing into that of beleaguering, laying siege (with FOR of obj.): boí dano Eochaid .ix. mbliadna hi forbais for Bri léith, Dinds. 3 = BB 353a3 . a mbúi do míleduib C. ic forbhais forro, CCath. 689 . co port na hindsi a roib rí Érenn guna sluagaib ac forbáis ara mac (the king was on the mainland, the son on the island), ZCP xiii 220.8 . tainic ri Erenn ... a forbu[i]s for Ath Cliath, Expugn. Hib. § 31 . gabais forbais for Luimneach, § 69 . sluaged ... la Niall ... a nOirgiallaib d'f.¤ ar Brian Mag M., Ann. Conn. 1368 § 13 . ro dibraicedh ... he i cathraig for a raibi ic forbhais, Marco P. 34 . cath Atha Cliath for Gallaib la M. ... ┐ forbuis in duin forro iar sin fri fichit aidchi, RC xvii 346 (Tig. = ro gabh f.¤ an dúine forra iar dáin, etc. AFM 988 ). Cf. ni gebthar forbaes fort linni, LU 1569 = forbasi, IT ii2 209a (LL). dosnicbad allmaraigh dar muir ┐ gebtait f.¤ foraib, RC ix 24 § 27 . feachtus docuaidh Cir mac Dair | do triall forbuse i nEdail, BB 289b8 ( IT iii 69 ).

? Abs. a mb[u]í ic forbhais, CCath. 693 (but forro is perhaps to be supplied).

Encampment: i forbuis a n-ardchnoc ... osa cinn encamped on a high hill above them RC xliii 58.9 . suidhis i bhforbhais nó i bhfoslongphort ann, Keat. ii 4962 . gabuid sluaig na T. forbhuis hi Maunglay, Marco P. 130 . f.¤ nae trath for Siuir `to encamp for nine days' Leb. Cert. 4.10 . A foray (?): co ndernatar ... f.¤ isna Tuathaib ... cur gabsat crecha mora ┐ airgne, Ann. Conn. 1306.4 . Cf. as iad tra ba ferr battar ar an ff.¤ sin, AFM 1306 (= ba ferr do bai arna crechaib sin, Ann. Conn. ALC). forbuse cocaid ┐ esrain do fas, Ann. Conn. 1224.13 .

A besieging party (?): ar marb Brian do Gallaib don [ḟ]orbas sin (v.l. don forbais sin), `the foreigners of that garrison' Cog. 60.20 (during that siege ?).

A siege, esp. in titles of stories: issiat so na prímsceóil .i. togla ┐ tāna ... ┐ fessa [┐] na foirfessa, BB 17a56 . F.¤ Fer Fálga, Forbais Etair, Forbais Dromma Damgaire, LL 189c50 . im Blathnait ... tucad a f.¤ fer Failgi `who was carried off from the siege of' Ériu ii 20 § 1 . ar mbeith ar tí airgthe an oiléin dóibh i bhforbhais bhfear bhFalgha, Keat. ii 3448 . in triar ... ro anacht Cú Chulainn hi f.¤ Fer Fálga, BDD 131 .